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July 10, 2011
I admired Aeron’s courage in raising important, and difficult, questions in her June 29 column. I wanted to respond with equal candor, but it’s difficult when one is not writing anonymously and when there are others involved. I will say this, though:
July 10, 2011
What’s New at University of Venus - Week Ending 9 July 2011Our writers: ● Lee Skallerup Bessette will be an Early College Mentor for area high school teachers offering college-level English courses. This is a pilot project and her role will be to support teachers and maintain academic rigour. She is hoping to use social media tools to create a community for the educators involved and encourage them to do the same in their classrooms.
July 8, 2011
There are just too many ideas swirling around in my mind for me to be succinct. Or, probably, even clear.First, there's the whole "sustainability as the opposite of flow/enjoyment" thing.
July 7, 2011
The kids who most need summer classes are the least likely to get them.The folks who study student success in the K-12 system routinely report that much of the learning gap between lower-income and higher-income students is a function of summers. The upper-income students have culturally enriched home environments and activities, so the academic backsliding over the summers is minimal. The lower-income kids, on average, get much less enrichment at home, so they backslide over the summers.I’ve never seen a reason to suspect that the dynamic stops at twelfth grade.
July 7, 2011
Dear fellow Late iPhone / Android adopters (e.g. dumb phone owners). And before either of the Windows phone folks, or the remaining (but rapidly defecting) Blackberry devotees, complains - I apologize in advance for my ignorance.Up until last month, I was one of you.For the last few years I told anyone who would listen that "I'll never get an iPhone". I'd whip out my Pantech Breeze, a feature phone that I purchased for its big numbers and lack of features.My reasons for not jumping on the smart phone bandwagon included:
July 7, 2011
As a math geek, I often find myself using math language to describe everyday life. For example, if I don't think that someone is credible, I might say "just take what he has to say and multiply by zero." Of course, multiplying by zero makes the product disappear to zero. I couldn't help but think of this when I learned recently that a big part of my life as a graduate student had, in effect, been multiplied by zero.
July 7, 2011
***Pacazo, a novel by Roy Kesey. Dzanc Books (2011). $15.40 hardcover, $8.79 Kindle.***Today I have the pleasure of posting a review by one friend of a book by another friend. I know: A good day, right?
July 7, 2011
I was reading through a monograph on game design recently, and came across a paragraph quoted from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's seminal work, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. The topic is sustained human enjoyment, something that game designers need to be able to create. More than just "enjoyment", really -- more like what an athlete feels when (s)he is "in the zone" and performing at a peak level.
July 6, 2011
Back in April, I wrote a bit cantankerously about my doubts that research papers as a genre are a particularly useful vehicle for learning and argued for doing away with the traditional “research paper” – the kind that Richard Larson described as a “non-form of writing.” This genre is primarily a vehicle for students to display knowledge by discussing a number of sources they have chosen on a topic using aca

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